Sarah Palin has not declared her candidacy or shown signs she plans to anytime soon, but she is more than confident she can beat President Obama in 2012 if she ran.
Palin’s most formidable challenge at the moment, however, is not the sitting president; it is a field of a dozen Republican candidates led by Mitt Romney and Michele Bachmann who stand between her and Pennsylvania Avenue.
Crowded primaries are typical for the party not in power. While there is no shortage of job applications on the Republican side, the possibility remains the dozen or so in the hopper now may increase before it begins to dwindle when money and support fades away.
Palin doesn’t seem intimidated by the number of candidates in the race. The former Alaska governor believes there should be a larger field of candidates for the White House and she seemingly enjoys the discussion about her and other undeclared candidates, such as Texas Governor Rick Perry, who is meeting with supporters in Aspen today.
“Thank goodness the field is not yet set,” said Palin. “I think that there does need to be a more vigorous debate. There needs to be a larger field.”
But why is Sarah Palin taking so long to make a decision about entering the race?
“The people of America are desperate for positive change, and deserving of positive change, to get us off this wrong track,” Palin said in an interview with Newsweek. “I’m not so egotistical as to believe that it has to be me, or it can only be me, to turn things around. But I do believe I can win.
“The surprise factor is definitely not there anymore,” said Raymon White, a lobbyist and political strategy consultant in Georgia. “I don’t understand why she’s even considering a run now that Michele Bachmann is in and gaining so much traction. With that said, I don’t think the nomination is sewn up by any stretch.”
So, how does Palin’s family feel about a potential candidacy?
“I think Bristol has made up her mind, and Bristol wants me to run for president,” said Palin. “But we’re still thinking about it. I’m still thinking about it.”
Palin embarked on an early summer bus tour that included many historical sites but no announcement. The former governor will most likely be making more stops throughout the country when “The Undefeated,” a conservative film is released in select cities on July 15 and nationwide the following week.
CBS News political correspondent Jan Crawford has seen the full documentary and described it on CBS News, as “an unabashed defense of the former Alaska governor that leaves the distinct impression her presidential candidacy not only is possible, but inevitable.”